Deadsticking Boosts Ice Fishing Catches

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Deadsticking Boosts Ice Fishing Catches

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Contemporary ice fishing strategies lean heavily on mobility and hole-hopping, fishing nimbly with ice never growing on your cleats. By and large, the most active anglers catch the most fish. There are times, however, when less is more. This is especially true when you’re in a fishy area but the quarry isn’t streaking to smack your spoons and swimming baits.

In this deadstick discourse, practiced ice angler and Northland Fishing Tackle pro Joel Nelson takes a deep dive into effective stationary approaches – when-to and how-to. He drills down (pun intended) into specific riggings, to include baits, rods and reels, as well as recommending deadstick operation and placement in your overall assault of a spot.


The Eye-Ball Spoon™ perfectly mimics the real thing…with bling. A killer tool for deadsticking, the backside of the spoon offers an array of colorful glow patterns for all scenarios, providing both attraction and realistic seduction. The Eye-Ball Spoon’s compact design means you’re getting to fish fast, and able to fish various sizes in a range of depths, for a wide assortment of species. This makes the Eye-Ball Spoon an incredibly versatile bait that’s perfect for panfish and hungry predators alike. Eye-Ball Spoons are available in 3 sizes (1/16 oz., 1/8 oz., and 1/4 oz.) and 10 different fish-catching colors. Each pack contains one (1) Eye-Ball Spoon.